November 20th-23rd: Language Arts

This week will continue to read The Giver by Lois Lowry. We will be discussing major themes in the book and spend time analyzing the text. We will also go over grammatical citing according to MLA formatting for future essays and projects.

Important Dates:

11/20 – Homework: Read Chapters 14-15

11/21 – Homework: Read Chapter 16


Language Arts

On this week, the 8th graders will be in the process of starting their first book of the year: Jacob, Have I Loved.  It’s about sibling rivalry, set on an east coast outer bank island during WWII.  In order for the students to get a better understanding of the novel, before they begin reading students will explore what sibling rivalry is, many famous examples of it, birth order, parents choosing favorites and positive/negative outcomes due to sibling rivalry.

Language Arts

On this week we are working on behavior/classroom expectations and consequences through symbolism.  Students will then discuss what a productive learning environment looks like or should be.  Students will start reading a book of their choice.

Students will start working on portfolios and they will be expected to submit pieces for it on a regular basis.

Students will start reading a book of their choice.

Language Arts

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME to Discovery School!

Thank you for your confidence in trusting the teaching of your children in our hands.

The syllabus below is designed to give you a brief overview on different components of the Language Arts class. The goal is for each student to obtain mastery of each and every content standard for students in Language Arts for grade 8:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking:
    • Explain the function of verb tenses (past, present, future, participles, infinitives) in general.
    • Form and use of verbs in the active and passive voice.
    • Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, and conditional manner.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing:
    • Use a comma or semicolon to indicate a pause or break.
    • Use a colon to introduce a quotation.
  • Comprehend thoroughly when reading or listening.

Class dynamics will include research, projects, oral presentations, reading of assigned material, class work, and oral or written tests. Neatness and order will be expected at all times.


It is the responsibility of the student to replenish all the work that has been assigned in his absence and to deliver them in the stipulated time, except for the following reasons:

  1. If a student misses one or two days, he/she must submit a written excuse at home to replenish the work that he was unable to do.
  2. If a student is absent three days or more, he/she must submit a medical excuse to replenish the work that he could not do.
  3. If the student presents the appropriate excuse, he will have one day for each day lost to replenish the work he was unable to do.
  4. If the student does not present his / her work in the stipulated time, it will not receive a grade.
  5. If your absence is planned in advance, the assignments that must be submitted for the day of departure must be submitted earlier.


  1. Attend class every day. Absences must be justified and documented.
  2. Students must come prepared to class, this includes bringing all necessary materials.
  3. All assignments must be submitted by the date indicated.
  4. Students must show respect and consideration to others at all times.


  1. Notebook
  2. Pencil & eraser
  3. Pens

* Colors and markers

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Palacios

Secondary Assistant Principal

(504) 2221-7790 ext 148

(504) 9561-1434

Pia Girbal

*Substitute Teacher